Certificate in Professional Writing in French
The Certificate in Professional Writing in French, offered by the Department of French Studies, consists in a progressive training in all aspects of writing: grammatical and lexical correctness, stylistic adequacy and variety, genres and practices in public and professional writing, computational writing tools and document design, written communication effectiveness. The certificate aims at training versatile professional writers, who will have an extensive understanding of the way professional written communication works and will create documents addressing reader’s needs and expectations.
The program is geared to both francophone and non-francophone students who wish to acquire professional writing skills. Students may take this certificate within a bachelor degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.
Before submitting an application for admission to York University and taking the placement assessment, external applicants are advised to first submit to the Department of French Studies at Glendon a letter of intent detailing their reasons for applying and their work experience so that the department can help them determine if the certificate is well-suited for their needs. This letter must be e-mailed to the Department of French Studies at Glendon to the attention of the coordinator of the certificate.
1. General conditions
a. Applicants must have completed 24 University credits or have acquired at least one year of relevant work experience in an area where writing is important.
b. Internal applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 (C +) during their studies at York University. To register for the certificate, students must submit an application to the Office of Academic Services.
c. External applicants must meet the general admission requirements of York University and submit an application to the Admissions Office.
2. Language skills
Applicants must demonstrate that their general writing skills are sufficient to take full advantage of training in professional writing. The skill level is assessed undergoing a placement test in French language as a second language or in French as a first language, as appropriate. The minimum level required is GL/FRAN 2710 3.00 (formerly GL/FRAN 2210 3.00; for francophones) or GL/FRLS 2240 6.00 (formerly GL/FRLS 2810 6.00; for non-francophones).
In order to receive the certificate, students must achieve:
- a minimum grade of B in each General Writing course;
- a minimum grade of C+ in each Professional Writing course;
- a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C+).
Students must also submit, to the Office of Academic Services, an application to graduate from a certificate program. The certificate will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and this certificate program.
Students must complete 30 credits as follows:
Other unlisted courses are subject to the approval of the coordinator.
|12 credits in general writing:||
A minimum grade of B is required in each general writing course.
A minimum grade of B is required in each general writing course.
|9 credits in professional writing:||
A minimum grade of C+ is required in each professional writing course.
|9 credits to be chosen from the list of approved courses||Other unlisted courses are subject to the approval of the coordinator.||Other unlisted courses are subject to the approval of the coordinator.|
List of Approved Courses
Note: Students must ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites before enrolling in any of these courses.
Translation courses, in French or in English
Condition: All course work for the following courses (groups 2-5) must be completed in French in order to be counted in the Certificate in Professional Writing in French.
Courses in linguistics in French (excluding courses in phonetics or the teaching of French as a Second Language)
GL/FRAN 2600 6.00
GL/LIN 2600 6.00
GL/FRAN 3612 3.00
GL/LIN 3612 3.00
GL/FRAN 3622 3.00
GL/LIN 3622 3.00
GL/FRAN 3642 3.00
GL/LIN 3642 3.00
GL/FRAN 4651 6.00
GL/LIN 4651 6.00
GL/FRAN 4652 3.00
GL/LIN 4652 3.00
GL/FRAN 4653 3.00
GL/LIN 4653 3.00
GL/FRAN 4655 6.00
GL/LIN 4655 6.00
GL/FRAN 4657 3.00
GL/LIN 4657 3.00
GL/FRAN 4658 3.00
GL/LIN 4658 3.00
Courses in information technology in French
Courses in language and communication psychology in French
Courses in communication in French or bilingual
A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.
Note: in these regulations the term academic session refers to the period from the beginning of instruction in September until the end of the annual examinations in the spring; academic year refers to the period from September 1 to August 31; year of study refers to the division of degree studies according to the number of courses already satisfactorily completed.
All inquiries about regulations and requirements shall be addressed to the Academic Services Office.
Students must follow the undergraduate calendar requirements for the year they entered or switched into their program.
Glendon is York's midtown bilingual campus. It is the only institution in southern Ontario where university programs are offered in both French and English. Glendon offers an ideal environment for pursuing undergraduate studies. Situated in a park-like setting, bordering the glen of the Don River Valley, the Glendon campus is an oasis of peace and beauty. With a small, close-knit community and an excellent student/teacher ratio Glendon students are extremely well-supported in the classroom and outside of their studies.
Glendon is proud of its quality programs that prepare students for interesting careers in fields as diverse as business, commerce, finance, public administration, diplomacy, education, communications, translation, health care and the environment. Glendon offers 19 programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree, and two professional programs (Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Translation). In addition, Glendon is home to Masters degrees in Translation, Études françaises, and Public and International Affairs. Courses required for the BBA, MBA and law school programs are offered at Glendon.
Glendon is set in an international and bilingual environment. Students, professors and staff hail from over 100 countries and value the opportunity to study, live and work in English and French – and other languages. Students build their language skills while earning their degree. Students at all levels in their second language are welcome, and all students will study in both languages in order to meet the bilingual requirement for graduation. Students can choose second language courses based upon their level of proficiency and their linguistic goals.The language skills students hone at Glendon provide a definite advantage in the workplace.
Glendon offers students the best of both worlds: a small campus of 2,700 students in the heart of Toronto, Canada’s 3rd largest University. Glendon’s close-knit community and small class sizes allow for direct and ready access to professors, fellow students and support services. Glendon students have the opportunity to study abroad, in their third year of an Honours program, at French-Canadian universities or partner universities around the world. Glendon has negotiated formal exchange agreements with 17 partners. Glendon students may also participate in the York University exchange program, which include agreements with more than 250 institutions in countries such as Mexico, Sweden, Israel, Japan and Hong Kong. An extensive international exchange program, internships, mentorships, conferences and high-profile guest speakers offer students the chance to combine their studies with practical, real world experience.
At Glendon, students may study part time or full time, primarily during the day. Students who are interested in education may coregister with the Faculty of Education to complete concurrent degrees in arts or science and education. Glendon houses the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa and students from the centre-south-west region may now be registered at the University of Ottawa and attend their Consecutive BEd program on the Glendon campus.
Student life at Glendon is full of extracurricular activities organized by and for students on campus. These include such events as Theatre Glendon productions, the winter carnival, the musical ensemble, poetry nights, and much more. Students come from all parts of the world to benefit from Glendon’s academic excellence, reputation and bilingual culture, and in turn offer cultural richness and different viewpoints that have become a trademark of the Glendon experience.
Part-time studies may be convenient for students who wish to combine University work with employment or personal commitments. It may also provide a stepping stone to full-time studies for students who have been away from formal education for a few years and wish to reintegrate slowly into full-time studies.
About 10 percent of Glendon students are pursuing their degrees on a part-time basis, taking from three to six credits per term. They enjoy the same privileges and freedoms as full-time students in terms of course choice, accessibility of resources and participation in campus life, and are subject to the same regulations.
Individuals who wish to enrol in undergraduate credit courses, but who do not intend to complete a degree or a certificate may be admitted to York as a visiting student. There are three categories of visiting students:
- those who hold an undergraduate degree (three-year bachelor’s degree minimum) from an accredited university/university-level institution;
- those who do not hold an undergraduate degree but wish to enrol in York courses to fulfill the academic, upgrading or professional development requirements of a professional designation;
- those who are currently attending another recognized university and wish to take York courses on a letter of permission issued by their home institution.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement
Students in categories a) and b) whose overall cumulative grade point average (OCGPA) falls below 4.00 on at least 24 credits attempted will not be allowed to enrol in any subsequent session as visiting students. Students who are not permitted to re-enrol must apply for re-admission through the Admissions Office.
Note: repeated course legislation does not apply to visiting students but only to academic degrees and certificates. Therefore, all courses attempted or taken will count in the OCGPA.
Students in category b) who have maintained an OCGPA of 4.00 throughout their studies and who have completed 30 credits will not be allowed to enrol in subsequent sessions and must either reactivate to proceed as visiting students or may choose to apply for admission to a degree or certificate program.
|Principal:||Donald Ipperciel, 220 Glendon Hall, 416-487-6727|
|Associate Principal, Student Services:||Pascal Arseneau, B108 York Hall, 416-487-6710|
|Associate Principal, Academics:||Ian Roberge, 220 Glendon Hall, 416-487-6727|
|Associate Principal, Research & Graduate Studies:||Christina Clark-Kazak, 215 Glendon Hall, 416-736-2100 ext 88106|
|Director of Academic and Financial Services:||Fiona Kay, C102 York Hall, 416-487-6715|